McDondle brothers drive rushing offense to 452 yards; Defense strong again in 48-10 road win

McDondle brothers drive rushing offense to 452 yards; Defense strong again in 48-10 road win

CHADRON, Neb. (October 17, 2015) – Facing its largest deficit of the season, the No. 6 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team erased a 10-0 first quarter score with 48 unanswered points to post a 48-10 victory at Chadron State College Saturday.

The Pack (6-1, 5-0 RMAC) used 452 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground to run up the score on the Eagles (3-4, 2-3 RMAC) in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest. The 452 yards is just shy of the program record of 481 rushing yards, set by the 1977 team against Westminster. 

The first four Pack scores came from senior Cameron McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.), while the next three were compliments of sophomore Bernard McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.).

B. McDondle outshined his older brother for the first time this season, as he rushed for 207 yards on 11 attempts to average an outrageous 18.8 yards per carry. C. McDondle, who entered the game leading the nation in rushing, recorded his seventh game with 150-yards-plus. On 17 attempts he ran for 158 yards (9.3 ypc), while the four touchdowns is the most by a CSU-Pueblo player since J.B. Mathews crossed the goal line four times versus Western New Mexico University, Sept. 15, 2012.

The ThunderWolves combined for 619 yards of offense, which is third most in program history. The 2013 team totaled 638 yards of offense at Black Hills State University (Oct. 26).

The defense stood tall after allowing 137 yards and 10 points in the first quarter, as the ThunderWolves kept the Eagles off the scoreboard the rest of the way. CSU-Pueblo has held its opponent to 10 or less points for the third straight game, fourth time this season and 30th time since 2008 (30-0 in those games). The Pack also held a CSC team that was averaging 237.3 rushing yards per game to 91 yards. The Pack have held their opponent to 100 or less rushing yards in all seven games this season and entered the contest ranked fourth in NCAA Division II.

Two players led CSU-Pueblo in tackles, as junior linebacker Samuel Singleton (Denver, Colo.) totaled six tackles (three solo), with one of the two Pack sacks (-6 yards). Junior safety Joseph Jones (Fountain, Colo.) also recorded six tackles (four solo), pulled down the only ThunderWolves interception (returned 52 yards) and added one breakup.

MOMENTUM SWING 

After allowing Chadron State to post 129 yards on 20 plays on its first two drives, the Pack defense held CSC to a three-and-out to end the first quarter. The ThunderWolves offense responded on the next possesion with a four-play, 68-yard drive to the end zone in 47 seconds of clock time to get on the board early in the second quarter. 

The ThunderWolves allowed a total of 59 yards on the final three Chadron State possessions of the first half. CSU-Pueblo received the ball to start the second half and marched 82 yards on nine plays to start a streak of five straight drives to the end zone. 

PACK POINTS OF INTEREST

• Senior Kieren Duncan (WR, Goodyear, Ariz.) finished with 148 all-purpose yards, as he returned three kickoffs for 69 yards, totaled 51 rushing yards on two attempts and brought in two receptions for 28 yards.

• The McDondle brothers have each rushed for more than 100 yards in a game on four occasions this season. C. McDondle entered the game leading the nation in rushing yards and ranked second in rushing touchdowns. He now has 1,237 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. B. McDondle was ninth nationally in yards per carry, but he is likely to move up after his performance against the Eagles. He now owns 9.2 yards per carry (82 attempts – 755 yards) this season.

• CSU-Pueblo had two sacks, its lowest total of the season, but didn't allow a sack. In the last three games the Pack have recorded 10 sacks and allowed just three.

• The ThunderWolves have 12 interceptions this season by eight different players.

• CSU-Pueblo has scored more than 40 points in five of the seven games this season, which includes the last four games. The Pack average 40.3 points per game in 2015. They are now 40-0 since 2008 when scoring 35 or more points.

Next Up

The ThunderWolves host No. 6 and undefeated Colorado School of Mines in an important RMAC showdown of last season's Co-RMAC Champions. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.

Tickets can be purchased at the Massari Arena Box Office starting Monday at 8:30 a.m. or online at gothunderwolves.com.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.